Thursday Night: Fort Lauderdale
Ah, Thursday night — the only truly social night of the week. Last week we got a mountain high in Aspen, and before that, we were El Bulli-ish in Barcelona. This week we’re presenting the perfect Thursday night in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
It’s the night when babysitters are booked, friends convene and drinks are imbibed. There are no family obligations to fulfill, no amateurish weekend crowds to elbow through — and the possibilities are endless. The night starts after work and ends whenever you want. In any city. All over the world.
Sunset on the beach in Fort Lauderdale (Photo: Timothy Wildey/Flickr)
With more than 7 miles of dazzling beaches and the walkable Las Olas Boulevard connecting the beach to downtown, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is a relaxing destination whether you’re in town for a cruise-ship stopover, a shopping binge, or just a night of chill partying away from South Beach. It’s not as overheated as adjacent Miami, which dances to a faster beat, and that’s a big part of the point.
A Florida tourist attraction surpassed by only Disney World, Sawgrass Mills is the largest outlet mall in America. There are shuttles that take you there from the beach, and it’s just 15 miles from the Fort Lauderdale airport, prompting many visitors to make this their last stop on their way out of town. Some end up buying another suitcase for their haul and/or running to their cars when they realize their flight is leaving in about an hour.
Sawgrass Mills (Photo: Bob B. Brown/Flickr)
It’s a lot less stressful to go when you’re not in a hurry. And while it’s hard to game-plan a mall with more than 350 stores, here are two tips: 1) Skip the shops you can easily find elsewhere; and 2) Head straight to the Colonnade, where you’ll find Barneys, Armani, Prada, Ferragamo, Valentino, and Burberry — luxury items often discounted 50 percent or more from retail.
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Woman getting a massage (Photo: Thinkstock)